Why is epidemiology considered a basic science

Basics of epidemiology

Course content

The lecture offers the students a basic introduction to the way of thinking and working in epidemiology. In addition to the basic terms and concepts (e.g. prevalence, incidence), you will learn about different study designs (e.g. case-control and cohort study) and the metrics used (e.g. OR, RR). This theoretical knowledge is deepened in various desktop exercises on a case study of available epidemiological data. A special focus of the course is the understanding of the quality characteristics (STROBE criteria) of observational studies, based on the teaching of the theory, the quality of selected studies is analyzed.

Learning outcomes of the course

The students understand:
a. the basic way of thinking and working in epidemiology
b. Basic terms of epidemiology
c. selected study designs and their dimensions
When reading epidemiological studies, students can assess their quality using STROBE criteria.

Recommended or mandatory specialist literature and other learning resources or instruments

Current studies are made available.

Type of mediation

Lecture and exercise

Requirements and accompanying conditions

Health and fitness through exercise 1, health and nutrition 1, human physiology, factors influencing health

Examination method and assessment criteria

VO: final exam; UE: course-immanent examination character